Monday, March 16, 2009

Franklin Graham Responds to Ill. Church Shooting

The son of evangelist Billy Graham responded to the death of a pastor of an Illinois church, who was shot at church Sunday while preaching from the pulpit.Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said he knew Pastor Fred Winters because the organization was collaborating with pastors around the St. Louis area on a youth evangelistic concert that was scheduled to be held in the area in August."I am deeply saddened at this tragic loss," Graham, who was in London when he received the news, said in a statement. "Our prayers go out to Pastor Winters' wife, Cyndie Lee, and their two children, Alysia Grace and Cassidy Hope, as well as the others wounded and all of those affected by this senseless act of violence today.""It was my joy to meet Pastor Winters recently while I was in St. Louis," added Graham. "I was looking forward to working with him this summer. His presence will be sorely missed."Graham, who also heads evangelistic relief organization Samaritan's Purse, was on his way home to the United States after meeting last week with the Sudanese on issues including religious freedom, human rights, extended focus on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and the complexities of Darfur."At a time when the world is experiencing so much suffering, an event like this underscores our need to place our trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ," said the evangelist....
By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
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